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Posted by garyj on May 09, 2003 at 21:03:57:
In Reply to: Diamond x JCP hybrid thoughts. jkuroski, please read posted by MarkAus on May 09, 2003 at 18:17:38:
I have heard the same thing from other australian keepers(diamonds being as robust and hearty as carpets). Whats weird is it seems diamonds were produced in higher #s back in the mid 90s in the USA. Huge #s were not produced but more clutches a year than the two clutches that were produced last year total in the US. You could almost come to the conclusion, if my premise is correct, that the animals are getting weaker with each generation from the USA bloodlines and will eventually die out without some outcrossing to new blood.
:i think that it could be a bloodline problem, because diamonds are produced all over australia with relative ease, many keepers i know just keep them about 2 degrees celcius colder than Jcps and breed successfully year in year out.They cool to about 16 degrees at night, and day time highs of about 24 degrees celcius in the breeding season and have a lot of success.i have kept a few Diamonds and kept them the same as jungles and found them to be easier to work with than Jungles.
:I gave them the same food, same everything, just through winter, they are cooled down just a little below the jungles, for some keepers all this mean is for tanks stacked up three high, heated by heat lamps, the diamonds were placed in the bottom tank, with all three tanks run by one thermostat in the middle tank.The middle tank would be set at 25 degrees in the day and 18 degrees at night, the bottom tank would always be a little colder than the top two and is perfect conditions for Diamonds.